El-ARISH, Sinai Peninsula: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.El-Sissi made his televised address as military commanders announced plans to forge a unified command for all armed forces in Sinai.“We will not leave Sinai for the terrorists,” el-Sissi said.Extremists targeting Egyptian military positions killed 31 security force members in a sophisticated and multi-pronged set of attacks Thursday night.An Islamic State-linked group in Egypt claimed responsibility, but el-Sissi laid the blame on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement he ousted from power in 2013.The Egyptian government has long said it is fighting a war on terror. But it has not been able to stem a daily stream of militant attacks despite more than a year of massi...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received Bahraini King Hamad on Friday at his ranch in...
A total of 1.8 million Saudis have canceled their marriage plans after tests showed they were geneti...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas.Both sides told a press briefing in Kuala Lumpur that two days of talks in Malaysia on disarming the rebels had made progress, and they vowed not to waver in implementing an...
Athens: Greece’s new government began a search for European allies Saturday in its bid to renegotiate its loans and end austerity, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens.Radical Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are reaching out to France and Italy, whose center-left governments are most likely to sympathize with its determination to e...

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The new Cabinet announced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Thursday has several appointees who are accomplished administrators with vast experience and expertise in their fields.Azzam Al-Dakhil, the new minister of education, is also chief executive officer of the Prince Mohammed...
A civil status court in Jeddah canceled a man’s guardianship of his 49-year-old sister for withholding permission for her marriage. The court granted her permission to marry the man of her choice at the same hearing.The woman had filed a lawsuit against her brother and was surprised when the entire process was completed in...
An increasing number of Saudi female students are seeking husbands so that they can take up scholarships to study abroad, according to a report in a local publication recently.This is happening because students will soon embark on their studies abroad, marking the 10th year of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Foreign...
The Ministry of Labor has started penalyzing recruiting firms and offices for violations including overcharging and breaking contractual obligations, after several complaints were filed by citizens.Some of the complaints have been referred to other government agencies for further action, said Ziad Sayegh, undersecretary for...
The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed an agreement with the Advance Water Technology Company (AWTC) for planning out the design and construction of solar water desalination plant in Khafji with a production capacity of 60,000 cubic meters per day.The accord was signed by KACST President Ibrahim A...
The Interior Ministry has appointed a new director-general of the Border Guard.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, second deputy premier and minister of interior, announced recently that Maj. Gen. Awad bin Eid Al-Balawi would be placed in this position.Al-Balawi was appointed acting director-general of the Border Guard i...
Saudi Arabia’s population stood at 30.8 million at the end of 2014, a 2.6 percent rise from 2013, according to data released by the Kingdom’s Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI).There were 20.7 million Saudis, making up 67 percent of the population, while the number of foreigners stood at 10.1 million or...
Saudi Arabia’s support to Muslim causes in general and youth in particular the world over has received high praise from prominent leaders of the 12th international conference of the Riyadh-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), which opened here on Thursday (Jan. 29).In his address at the opening of the three-day even...
Nuclear imaging, an innovative and groundbreaking medical technology, may herald a new era in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.The cutting edge technology produces images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body to accurately diagnose tumors and diseases prior to treatment, in addition to disclosing th...
Jeddah residents are complaining about the shortage of cooking gas for the third day in a row as outlets in the city have halted supplies.A source said that the National Gas Company has laid off a number of its employees in a bid to streamline the company, which has led to the delays in the supply and delivery of the cookin...
Residents in Dammam and Alkhobar, popularly known as Sharqawis, complained of widespread fraud at local seafood markets and restaurants, claiming retailers have been importing fish from outside the Kingdom, marketing supplies as local, and selling them at inflated prices.They called on the municipality to exert more control...
Most relatives of the mentally ill are reluctant to seek treatment for their patients in hospitals and prefer home care, an expert told local media.The reluctance to take patients to psychiatric hospitals stems from the social stigma attached to mental illness which is thought to be akin to mental disorder, head of home psy...
An American resident was shot and wounded while driving with a fellow US citizen in Al-Ahsa on Friday. The Eastern Province police said in a statement that shots were fired at the men at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon as they were driving along Saladin Al-Ayobi Road.The man is reportedly in a stable condition at a local hospita...

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Cairo: An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of Palestinian Islami...

ISTANBUL: Turkey is ready to “pay the price” if found guilty of the mass killing...

TRIPOLI: The rivals of Libya’s elected Parliament agreed to join UN-mediated pea...

TOKYO: The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were unkn...

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he’s...

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issue...

MANILA, Philippines: The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to t...

Rome: Sergio Mattarella, a constitional court judge from Sicily hwo is seen as a...

Dhaka: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday cut the power to opposition leader Kha...

ISLAMABAD: A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as w...

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DUBAI: Rory McIlroy gave the field a sliver of hope as he unexpectedly struggled...

ATLANTA: The seemingly unstoppable Atlanta Hawks stretched their team-record win...

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona: Rain wasn’t the only thing that put a damper on the Phoenix...

NEW YORK: Manny Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum reportedly is optimistic a mega-fight...

LONDON: England striker Daniel Sturridge celebrated his return after a five-mont...

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The European Central Bank (ECB) announced an expanded quantitative easing (QE) program on January 22. Starting in March 2015, the ECB will buy, on a monthly basis, 60 bil...
MOSCOW: Russia’s economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev forecast GDP to fall by three percent in 2015 on the back of a collapse in oil prices and a massive capital flight.“We have issued a forecast for 2015 which uses the current prices, that is $50 dollars a barrel for the entire year,” Ulyukayev was quoted by Russian news agen...
MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s government has cut its 2015 budget by nearly 3 percent after a drop in global prices hurt public finances, and it is shelving a tainted $3.75 billion high-speed train tender as part of its austerity measures.Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said the cuts were intended to reassure global investors that M...
A high-level trade and investment delegation from Astrakhan region of Russia visited Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE).The delegation led by Sergey N. Krzhanovskiy, deputy chairman of the government and minister of industry, transport and natural resources of Astrakhan region, met Saud Salim Al-Mazrouei,...
The international Halal food market, considered one of the fastest growing segments of the worldwide food industry and currently worth $1.1 trillion globally, occupies an integral part of Gulfood 2015 — the 20th anniversary of the food and hospitality trade show. In all, more than 1,000 international halal food brands and c...
For Saudi Brothers Commercial Group and its CEO Sheikh Fahd Al-Nowaiser, water desalination and purification industry is not only an important business but also a vital service to the nation, supplying potable water to its growing population.The group has established three subsidiaries with operations across the Kingdom to...
Athens: Greece’s new government began a search for European allies Saturday in its bid to renegotiate its loans and end austerity, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again ruled out debt relief for Athens.Radical Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his maverick Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are reaching out to Franc...
Gold futures rose Friday, capping the biggest monthly gain in three years, after US government data showed the economy expanded at a slower pace than forecast in the fourth quarter, reigniting demand for the metal as a haven.A widening trade gap limited expansion for gross domestic product as imports climbed three times fas...
PARIS: The CEO of Total said that the French oil company would slash spending on exploration by 30 percent this year due to the drop in the price of oil.Patrick Pouyanne told the daily Le Monde that “these past two years, exploration spending was $2.8 billion” at the company.He confirmed earlier announced plans by the compa...
LONDON: Oil major Shell wants to revive its Arctic oil drilling program this year after a near two-year suspension, angering environmentalists who say the risk of an oil spill is too high.Remote and costly to develop, the Arctic is estimated to contain 20 percent of the world’s undiscovered hydrocarbon resources and despite...
OSLO: Rates for vessels that drill for oil on behalf of energy firms may fall further before bottoming out later this year due to the weak oil price and overcapacity, a top executive at Seadrill, the world’s third-largest offshore driller said.The market is oversupplied, oil companies are cutting capital spending due to the...
WASHINGTON: US economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual pace after the third quarter’s spectacular 5 percent rate, the Commerce Department said in it...
BRUSSELS: Euro zone consumer prices fell by a record 0.6 percent in January, confirming deflation could be taking hold for the long term, EU data showed.The drop from minus 0.2 percent in December appears to back the European Central Bank’s decision last week to launch a bond-buying spree to drive up prices.Plummeting world...

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BAGHDAD: The Islamic State (IS) militant glares at Baghdad residents with bulging eyes and bared teeth, but neither kidnapping nor death are imminent, because this terrorist is made from a shoe.
A black, treaded sole with the toe broken off serves as his face and nose, while old shoelaces evoke both black headscarf and long hair.
For t...

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HONG KONG: Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realized he kept checking his phone — hooked by the brightly-colored reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached.
Yet gripping the German journalist’s attention was not Candy Crush, but one of a new generation of Chinese...

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Knowledge is key in the fashion industry. Knowing what works and what doesn’t is what helps improve a designer in their quest for innovative designs. Inspired by different cultures, attentive to the latest in the fashion world and keen on details is what defines Hatem Al-Akeel. Coming from no background in design, he ventured in the world with h...

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Historical monuments and sites can be found throughout Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has many attractions designed for those who want to know more about the country. The Kingdom offers several tourist places such as atmospheric souqs and villages reflecting the heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia.
This place is more than a harsh desert. We hav...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Health workers in the Kingdom have reported a rise in cases of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) disease, caused by the bite of sandflies, and warned the public to take precautions.According to a report in a local publication, several patients, mostly in the Eastern Province, have been detected with Leishmaniasis. The symptoms include welts or sores on the skin, which can become infected. It can affect the spleen and liver and result in death. Several physicians have said there is no clear method to treat CL. However, Ministry of Health officials recommend people minimizing the amount of exposed skin, improve their personal hygiene and keep their surroundings clean. They can also use nets...
SACRAMENTO, California: California health officials say electronic cigarettes are a health threat, especially to children, and should be strictly regulated like tobacco products.A report released Wednesday by the California Department of Public Health says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine. California Health Officer Ron Chapman says new generations of young people will become nicotine addicts if the products remain largely unregulated.E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine from cartridges into inhalable vapor without tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette makers say their products are far safer than tobacco.Other states...
Ever wondered what happens after you quit smoking? Many people fall back and get back to their bad habits. There are many reasons for this, some of which are mental while others are physical.We just found out about smoking detox where you can literally detox cigarettes out of your body. “This can only be assisted by controlling what you eat and drink on a daily basis. To be able to get the maximum benefit out of this type of detox, begin by quitting cigarettes right on the spot,” said pulmonologist Dr. Khalil Saad. “Your body will take its time to fully recover and this could take up to a period of years. Smoking is very harmful and your body cannot kick out the toxins in a short period of...

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UNIONTOWN, Pennsylvania: Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who’s been dead for more t...
VILNIUS, Lithuania: A baby caiman has found a new home at a Lithuanian zoo after its previous owner tried to sell it online, apparently upon realizing that the pet reptile he was raising in his bathroom wasn't a harmless lizard.Officials at the Kaunas zoo said authorities confiscated the spectacled caiman from a student who had posted an online advertisement for a large lizard.They said the student had kept it for several months but, stunned by how fast it was growing, decided to get rid of it. Lithuanian law prohibits raising dangerous animals at home.The 1.3-kilogram (2.8 pound), 63-...
BOSTON, Massachussets : US Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday.The fine was issued on Thursday after a snow-removal company hired by Kerry and his neighbors in the city’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood saw yellow tape blocking the sidewalk alongside the home and thought it was related to security for the top US diplomat.The tape had been put up to warn pedestrians of falling ice...

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